Mikel Arteta believes that Eddie Nketiah will be ‘a top, top player’ and wants him to sign a new contract
‘I want him to stay’: Mikel Arteta believes that Eddie Nketiah ‘is going to be a top, top player’ and wants his forward to commit to the Gunners after finding the net once again in the Carabao Cup against Leeds
- Eddie Nketiah scored in Arsenal’s 2-0 Carabao Cup round of 16 win over Leeds
- The forward almost left the Gunners for Crystal Palace in the summer window
- Nketiah has one year left on his contract with Arsenal, but Mikel Arteta wants him to stay
- Arteta is confident that the 22-year-old will be a key player
Mikel Arteta has supported Eddie Nketiah to become a ‘top player’ and hopes he will be at Arsenal after he scored in the Carabao Cup fourth round win over Leeds.
The Gunners secured a 2-0 victory when Calum Chambers scored just 21 seconds after coming off the bench before Nketiah intervened.
It was only the 22-year-old’s second appearance of the season, his first in third-round success over AFC Wimbledon, and he is out of contract for the summer.
Mikel Arteta hopes Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah will stay with the Gunners beyond this season
Nketiah (left) scored Arsenal’s second goal in a 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Leeds on Tuesday
England’s all-time goalscorer record in the U21 category saw the move to Crystal Palace broken in the summer but, despite limited minutes, Arteta is eager for Nketiah to sign a new contract with the club. .
“We had a situation in the summer that we tried to resolve and we couldn’t in any way,” he said.
“This contractual situation is increasingly common in football because of where we come from with Covid and many of the problems we have to solve.
“I am fully convinced that he is going to be a great player and, hopefully, at Arsenal. I am happy to have him, he is our player, I have him very high and for my part I want him to stay. ”
Nketiah was about to leave Arsenal for Crystal Palace this summer, but has stayed in North London.
When asked if there was an update on the contract talks with Nketiah, Arteta replied: ‘No. I have no doubt what it can offer. Whatever you throw at him, he wants more and demands more of himself.
‘I am delighted to see the performance he had. He totally deserved it. He has other players who play in that position and he has a personal situation but I try to put that aside. ‘
For players like Nketiah and fellow scorer Chambers, Arsenal’s continued progression in the Carabao Cup will give them more opportunities to be part of the first team.
“It opens more space to give opportunities to the group and, obviously, it is a trophy that we want to compete for, that is the goal,” added Arteta.
Callum Chambers (second from left) scored Arsenal’s first goal in their cup win on Tuesday
“It’s great to see that the players that we have have opportunities, the way they played, the way they competed against a really good team.”
Leeds started well but failed to get past Bernd Leno in Arsenal’s goal and are now back in Premier League action looking to tackle a losing streak.
“We conceded a goal and it was at the beginning of the second half,” said coach Marcelo Bielsa.
After that, the game was not the same, the opponent did not need to attack as much and then we had to get the ball more to his half.
“In the first half the obligations for both sides were similar and we were able to defend and attack well. It is inadmissible to concede (the first) goal in that way. ”